About

Reinvention starts with quitting, a philosophy I didn’t know I had until I gave a TEDx talk .  For me, quitting meant giving up a six-figure corporate PR job that appealed to my left-brain side and embarking on a creative career with no guarantees of traditional “success.” That first step was like telling my old life  “Sorry corporate world; I’ve met someone.” This blog is part of that transformation.

To start with, I drove down the Pan-American Highway in a vintage camper with my much less risk-averse husband. Along the way I learned to let go and trust myself. I didn’t need as much certainty as I thought I did and couldn’t demand it of the universe anyway. We figured out how to start over in the small town in the Deep South that stole my heart many years ago: Beaufort, SC. I’m explaining all of this to you now from an antique teak writing desk in a room that overlooks the Beaufort River. But I’m just as likely to post from Mexico or Myanmar, wherever my reinvented life leads me.

In addition to blogging, I write screenplays and non-fiction. My first book was a collaboration with my photographer-husband Gary Geboy. I wrote the narrative for his “Transfer of Grace: Images of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” published by Joggling Board Press. My latest book, also with JBP, is “The Other Mother: a rememoir.” It’s a fusion of memoir and biography about my relationship with the modern dancer Byrne Miller. She had her own way of describing and encouraging reinvention. “Close the door behind you and walk into another room.”

Consider this blog that new room. The welcome mat is out.


24 thoughts on “About

    Carla said:
    March 2, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Great Blog

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      August 12, 2010 at 6:46 AM

      Thanks you married lady you. Glad you found your “Duncan.”

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    Brahmi said:
    March 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Looking forward to learning more about Byrne’s and your insights. Congratulations, Teresa!

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      August 12, 2010 at 6:46 AM

      I just figured out that the about page held comments too…thanks so much for the words of encouragement 🙂

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    Jean-François de Buren said:
    April 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Consider me intrigued. I look forward to your future posts.

    Regards, Jean-François
    http://vodhdb.blogspot.com/
    http://threebeehives.blogspot.com/

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    Betty Commanday said:
    July 28, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Byrne “adopted” me and my daughters in the mid 70’s in Beaufort. We would spend Sundays with her and Duncan, smelling her glorious newly baked bread and hearing stories. Byrne was then teaching movement in the elementary schools as part pf a grant and I would watch her and marvel at her ability to reach all sorts of children. Only later, doing research for a Masters degree did I discover how valuable those movements were for children to learn to read. She was indeed ahead of her time!

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      August 12, 2010 at 6:43 AM

      thanks Betty – just figured out where your comments were hiding – the about page 🙂 I’m pretty new to blogging so I’m learning as I go.

      I’m doing a presentation on Byrne for the Beaufort Three Century Project and I’d love to meet up with you in the next few weeks to take some notes on what you remember of her impact in the schools.
      Teresa

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    ben barney said:
    July 29, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    I am waiting for the book on Byrne Miller. She had much to say and it will wonderful to hear what you retained of what she said. I kept so few and all from the 60s and early 70s. Hope to see the book out!

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      August 12, 2010 at 6:44 AM

      Thanks Ben. I’ll be sure to let everybody know the minute I hear good news.

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    Betty Commanday said:
    August 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    This last entry about jealousy is wonderful! I guess I never listened to her closely enough as I was caught up in “my” world. She was such a confident, elegant person. From your last entry I know why she didn’t comment much about a guy I married right before I left Beaufort. Or one I brought back here to meet her years later. I really wish I could have connected with her more. What a teacher!

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      August 12, 2010 at 6:45 AM

      Too funny… just like she refused to call any of my boyfriends by their real names. She was waiting for our “Duncans” to come along!

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    Betty Commanday said:
    August 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I’d like to meet you also. Let me know when and I’ll see if I can make it. I have two short trips coming up but I’ll be home in between. I’m fairly open!

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    Betty Commanday said:
    August 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Hey, Teresa, the book that reminds me of Byrne is Thinking Goes to School, Piaget’s Theory in Practice by Hans G. Furth and Harry Wachs. It was published in 1975 and I read it after I had worked with Byrne. What foresight she had! What a gift she was to the children with whom she worked!

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    Barbara Kelly said:
    September 24, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    What a gift to have stumbled upon your blog celebrating this amazing woman!

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    warren slesinger said:
    October 7, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    I’d rather watch a dance or “do a dance” than yoga, so I’m glad to see the photographs of Byrne and read your commentary.

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    Moe Lauher said:
    January 14, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Hello – I “found” you via a Lowcountry Weekly Facebook memntion – I enjoyed reading your recent postings and I’m looking forward to more. – I also visited Gary’s “carry me home” project – does he have any other internet presense?

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      January 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Thanks for reading along. Byrne is a fascinating character to write about and I can’t help thinking of her as I go through life in South Carolina (and other places) You can subscribe (RSS) to get notified when I update the blog, and you can see more of Gary’s work at this site:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/garygeboy

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    Benjamin Busch said:
    February 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Teresa,
    Thank you for screening BRIGHT, and for giving it kind notice in review. I wrote the script to be very tight without telling much, and it is especially pleasing to have a screenwriter watch critically for how it reads. I hope that I get to meet you down there. You will be able to see the final cut with completed color timing if you can make it to the theater on Friday. It is much better than the working copy you have viewed. Again, on behalf of everyone who rallied to make BRIGHT, my thanks to you for holding us to the sun.

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    Julie Chicklitasaurus said:
    March 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Love it. Love you. Love the saying “dance out loud.” I’m coming back to this blog as often as I can! xo

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    Alex Cale said:
    January 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Hi Teresa,

    My name is Alex and I just had a quick question about your blog. Please email me back at your earliest convenience!

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    Gwendolyn Ste. Marie said:
    February 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Hi Teresa,
    I’m trying to reach you. Have your old address but no phone #. Please e-mail me with number. Best, Gwendolyn

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    Michelle Traver said:
    May 5, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Hi Teresa,

    We are designing a transit history mural in Portland, OR and want to include a picture of your grandmother, former TriMet board member, Nellie Fox-Edwards. I found your site while researching, by any chance is she still alive? Would you mind if we use the image posted on your site?

    Michelle Traver
    Public Art Project Manager
    TriMet

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      teresabrucebooks said:
      May 6, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      Absolutely and yes, she is alive and well at 91 years old. She lives at an independent living facility in Hillsboro and I’d be happy to provide more photos or contact info. The mural sounds fabulous and I’m sure she’d be thrilled. Her work at Tri-Met is something she is so proud of.
      Teresa

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    Dr. Richard deShazo said:
    June 15, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Mrs. Bruce,
    I am working together with journalist Bill Minor, here in Jackson, on a series of papers for publication in the American Journal of Medicine. These papers focus on how the civil rights movement affected US health policy and, in particular, health policy for impoverished minorities. Bill has a copy of the photograph your husband took of him and Robert Kennedy in a Delta shack, which was a gift to Bill. It is on your blog here. We would like to use that photograph and the photograph of Marian Wright he took in our paper. We are hoping that you would give us the rights to use this without expense, as I am doing this as a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Could you give us some details as how to best proceed? My email address is rdeshazo@umc.edu

    Richard deShazo

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